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Author friends · Damien Dickens · Featured Author - Phyllis Entis · mystery · noir fiction · review

What the Dickens!

Back in April, I alerted you to the then-upcoming launch of The Gold Dragon Caper, Book Four in The Damien Dickens Mysteries by Phyllis Entis.

Well, it will come as no surprise that the exploits of the highly likeable and hugely intrepid duo of Damien & Millie Dickens hit the ground running with five stars coming in from every corner of the globe.

The Gold Dragon Caper. A Damien Dickens Mystery

The cherry on the cake has been another five-star review from The Readers’ Favorite. (And, you don’t know how difficult it was for me to drop the ‘u’ there! Squiggly red lines freak me out … but, I’m moving on quickly)

Here’s that review in all its glory:

A boy vanishes from a ski slope in Vermont, a father disappears after leaving work, a valuable gold nugget is stolen from a Las Vegas casino, and a private eye must connect the seemingly unrelated events to solve the enigmatic puzzle before someone dies in the exciting sleuth mystery, The Gold Dragon Caper (A Damien Dickens Mystery) by Phyllis Entis. Damien and Millie Dickens are having trouble with their private investigation agency, due to the unscrupulous and destructive devices of their wealthy enemy, Turpin. When the building their office resides in is a casualty of arson, Damien suspects Turpin is at the bottom of it and is considering throwing in the towel. While Millie and Damien sort out their professional future, Artie, the nephew of a close friend, is kidnapped. At the same time, Millie receives a strange phone call about her brother Colin; he and a valuable item simultaneously disappeared from his workplace. Dropping everything, Millie immediately flies to Las Vegas to help Colin, leaving Damien to search for Artie on his own. Frustrated, Damien continues his hunt that spans the continent and is surprised when his clues lead him to Nevada. Is it coincidence or are the two disappearances connected?

Twists and turns abound in the fabulous sleuth mystery novel, The Gold Dragon Caper (A Damien Dickens Mystery) by Phyllis Entis. Damien and Millie Dickens are a dynamic sleuthing team and following their escapades quickly becomes addictive. It is a fantastic series that has a touch of the noir feel that I absolutely adore in sleuth mysteries. From the moment when Dickens’s office is burned, to the dramatic confrontation with their arch-enemy, Turpin, the excitement escalates to a smashing and surprising conclusion; it is an episode you don’t want to miss. With fascinating characters and a thrilling and intricate plot, this book is a riveting read! Even though this the fourth book in the series, it is a great standalone. That being said, I am anxiously awaiting the next Damien and Millie mystery. I highly recommend this novel to whodunit aficionados who enjoy delightfully twisted plots and characters

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

 

You must be tempted too, aren’t you?

Congratulations to Phyllis for dazzling review and the many others already received. May they continue to flood in.

Get your copy here The Gold Dragon Caper  from Amazon.

You can also pick up the others in the series at the links below.

The Green Pearl Caper

The White Russian Caper

The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper

If you read any of these mysteries – and you know you want to – then please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading 😉

Audiobook · Author friends · Featured author · humour · Iris Chacon · mystery · Mystery Authors International · romance

Listen up …

I’m usually late to the party, assuming I turn up or have even been invited, but I’m just catching on to the joys of audiobooks.

Fellow author, and a lovely lady to boot, Iris Chacon is the reason for my foray into this world.

I admit to enjoying a good radio play, but getting the timing right is always an issue. The beauty of audiobooks is that you control when and where you listen to them.

Iris’s latest audio-baby is Duby’s Doctor.

A spinster doctor rents her spare room to a brain-damaged patient. Neither of them knows he is a former undercover agent targeted for execution by a powerful criminal.

John Doe remembers nothing of his life before waking up in the hospital. He doesn’t know he was a dangerous man, and he somehow has survived assassination by even more dangerous men. He doesn’t even know how to speak English, or read, or count. Even after his body heals, he will need long-term supervision and care to re-learn how to live.

Dr. Mitchell Oberon has been married to her surgical work for too long. So, she resists being attracted to a brain-damaged patient with the body of Adonis and the mind of a child.

Agent Frank Stone, of Homeland Security, forces the doctor to take John Doe into her own home while he recovers. Stone, who knows John Doe’s past history well, says it’s not safe to send him back to the place he lived before he was “killed” by his enemies. If it ever becomes known that John survives, his foes will make sure he doesn’t live long.

Read by Jenny Hoops, reviews are coming in with high praise for this delightful story with a touch of romance, intrigue and humour.

A fun light-hearted read, very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of what at first glance seemed to be an out and out romance. Throw in a federal agent with amnesia, and Duby’s Doctor twists and turns into a mystery which kept me turning the pages. If you want a well written, fun read, peppered with romance and intrigue then this is one for you.

Duby’s Doctor is a must read. I loved it. Once I began reading it, I had to continue. It’s a fascinating love story so well written that makes you wonder what was going through the author’s mind. I just had to believe this author enjoys what she writes, doing it at the highest level of performance. This love story holds the readers’ interest until the very end. How, against all odds, Dr. Oberon and Duby were able to fulfill their dreams. But you will have to read this exciting story to discover how.

You can read this in a conventional way, in paperback or ebook, as well as now through Audible.

Be sure to leave a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Author friends · DM Wolfenden · women's fiction

*** Deal of the Week ***

I have another great book for you, and this is one you’d be crazy to miss. It’s on offer for the next week at only 99c or 99p, depending on your location, this is a must-read. With a rating of 4.8 out of 5 from 36 reviews on Amazon, let me introduce you to:

Winters Day

by DM Wolfenden

Winters Day

Jolie Winters understands pain. From her mother’s murder to her abusive ex, she is emotionally and physically scarred.

But, Jolie wants what most women her age want – love and affection.

However, nothing seems to work out. When a devastating illness threatens a loved one, she finds comfort in a past relationship–a relationship which now puts Jolie in more danger than she’s ever known.

Will she stay with her abuser, or will she leave, and embrace the love she’s been hiding from all along?

Winters Day is a chick-lit, set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it exposes the human psyche in all its glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package.

Get your copy while it’s at this great low price.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

You won’t regret it.

You can follow the author here, and you really should – she has so many fabulous short stories to share too.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dmwolfenden/
Twitter https://twitter.com/dmwbhbe

And, then, when you’ve laughed and cried with Jolie, please leave a review.  Reviews keep writers writing!

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Author friends · Damien Dickens · Featured Author - Phyllis Entis · mystery · on sale

*** Special Offer ***

If you’re looking for your next favourite mystery series then you can’t go wrong with The Damien Dickens Mysteries by Phyllis Entis.

Book 4 – The Gold Dragon Caper – will be released on April 16th, but right now the author has a very special offer available to anyone who pre-orders the book.

Let’s start with a snippet to whet your appetite. This comes from the end of Chapter One – Millie and Damien are having a rough time of it as Derek J. Turpin sets his sights on destroying their lives:

The Gold Dragon Caper. A Damien Dickens Mystery

“I slid behind the wheel and thought about our situation. About our lives. Our future. Last summer, Turpin had tightened the thumbscrews by filing complaints against me with the New Jersey licensing board. He claimed I had threatened him, and had vandalized his office. That I had tried to run his car off the road. All lies, of course, but it made no difference. Four of the five members of the board owed their positions to his influence. Despite Gus’s best efforts on my behalf, the board found against me, suspending my Private Investigator license for six months. Although Millie’s license was untouched, at least for now, it wasn’t enough to salvage our reputation or our business. We were down to just one steady client and the occasional walk-in. Even Gus had been forced to switch to another detective agency, out of concern that my involvement on behalf of his clients would prejudice their cases.

Reaching into my hip pocket for my billfold, I slid my PI license out of its compartment, and stared at the word ‘SUSPENDED’ stamped diagonally across it in red ink. The suspension was due to be lifted in a couple of days, but I wasn’t hopeful. Turpin would find a way to have it extended. Again, I heard the voice from my nightmare – Turpin’s voice – echoing inside my skull, mocking me, “I warned you,” the voice repeated. “I promised you’d be sorry.”

With a sigh, I returned the defaced license to my billfold, and reached down to retrieve a piece of paper, which had fallen to the floor. Taking care not to damage its threadbare creases, I unfolded the three-year-old note and stared at it as though seeing it for the first time. The sheet held a three-word message, printed in block letters and underscored with a heavy double line. It read, ‘YOU’LL BE SORRY!’ and was signed, DJT.

I looked across the street at the old Ritz-Carlton Hotel, another doomed Atlantic City landmark. Owned by Derek Turpin, who lived and worked on the penthouse floor, the structure was slated for imminent demolition. After years of wrangling, arm-twisting, and bribing politicians, Turpin had finagled approval to raze the Ritz and replace it with a new casino/hotel. I stared up at the grand old building and came to a decision. Starting the Celica’s engine, I slipped the car into gear and went home to Millie.”

You’re intrigued too, aren’t you?

Pre-order The Gold Dragon Caper on Amazon today for only $2.99 (price rises to $3.99 on April 16th, when the book is released).

In the meantime, why not check out the others in the series:

  1. The Green Pearl Caper
  2. The White Russian Caper
  3. The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper

If you read any of these mysteries – and you know you want to – then please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading 😉

Author friends · FREE books · FREE for a limited time · Indie authors please · supporting authors

Supporting Indie Authors

Picture this – you see a book you’ve had your eye on for a while is suddenly  “FREE” for a limited time.

Do you snap it up, keen to get your mitts on it, and pat yourself on the back for nabbing a bargain?

Assuming it lives up to your expectations – which, naturally, are extremely high – would you then one-click another by the same author? Even if it involves spending a few pennies?

In answer to all the above, I’d say  YES each time. One can never have too many good books, can one?

But, what about those “PERMA FREE” books, designed to hook you in, again hoping you’ll become a fan of said author and buy – as in pay for – more?

Do they work?

If something is permanently free, do you still attach the same value to it as something that is only free for a limited time?

Are “FREE” books the way to get readers, then?

I’m not so sure.

Of course, I’ve run a few of these 5-day Kindle free promotions myself, and …as if by magic, the number of downloads during that period vastly outweighs all sales …EVER!!! All of which suggests that the process works.

But does it really?

I can honestly say the number of reviews doesn’t increase by the same number, or even at all.

Does that mean that people who take advantage of these free offers don’t leave reviews?

It seems so – but why is that?

Do they themselves not attach any value to a free book?  Is it not worthy of their time to leave a few words – whether good or bad – on the site from which they obtained the book? Or is it that they haven’t met the spend criterion of 50 pounds/dollars/euros because they only ever ‘purchase’ free books?

I reckon many readers are unaware of how much an author gets by way of royalties, assuming they ‘rolling in it’ and therefore don’t need any further support or help in spreading the word.

(Sarcastic, moi?)

Because indie authors are raking it in, aren’t they?

I’ve decided next time I download and ENJOY a free book, then I’m going to review it (which I’d do anyway) and then check out the author’s portfolio with the intention, whenever possible, to purchase another of their books.

Will you join me?

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

Author friends · book news · Christmas · Nativity

Never read my newsletter?

To be honest, you’re not alone.

This newsletter lark is a relatively new thing for me, and I thought I’d share the latest one with you because

From me to you at Christmastime.

It’s December already, where did the year go? Are you busy making plans for the holidays? I won’t keep you long.
Here in Spain, things are a little more relaxed. Okay, so isn’t everything? Christmas is not as commercialised as back in the UK; in fact when I first moved over here you couldn’t find Christmas decorations or a Santa’s Grotto anywhere. Of course, such tranquillity couldn’t last forever, and these days, at this time of year, Papá Noel is a more frequent sight. However, I’m delighted to say that the Spanish traditions are still the best part of Christmas for me.

Today, we’re off to the Plaza de la Constitución to see “Los Gigantes y Los Cabezudos”, aka the Parade of the Giants and the Bigheads. (Think “It’s a Knockout meets the Nativity … well, sort of) There are ten of these parades over the coming days and it gets crazier with each one.


Later in the week, the Belén will be installed in the Plaza. This is a Nativity scene on a grand scale – with moving parts and lights … I love it.(It’s the Dolls House fan in me – I can’t resist anything in miniature!) These photos are from last year … and it gets bigger and better every time.

Different, isn’t it? The detailing is amazing, and to walk around the whole scene takes some time and lots of elbow-dodging as people stop at whim to take photos. What do you think? Is there anything like this in your neck of the woods? There’s another reason why I love going to see these things … the Valor chocolate shop is right opposite the Plaza and they do the best, best, best hot chocolate on the planet.Trust me, I’ve sampled many – purely for research purposes, of course. (Valor is the Spanish equivalent of Cadbury – yep, just like my dogs, I can sniff out my favourite food blindfolded!)

So, apart from being rich in culture and tradition, December is when we down tools and spend more time seeing friends and family, exchanging gifts, eating too much, watching Christmas movies and partaking of a tipple or three with neighbours. But, in this Virtual world, we can’t do any of that, so I’m sending you some book recommendations that will entertain you when you can no longer get off the sofa (or you just want to bury your head in a good story and avoid talking to your family!)

My recommendations are all by authors whose books I’ve read myself, so I can guarantee you’ll enjoy these.

This first one is time-sensitive, as the offer expires on Dec 5th, but it’s such a great deal that I really wanted to include it. My good friend, Amy M. Reade, has written one of the books in this boxset of 12 Christmas-themed stories, and I’ve already put my order in.
Twelve never-before published Christmas-themed cosy mysteries from twelve best-selling authors:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Abby L. Vandiver
The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year by Judith Lucci
Stollen Time by Amy Vansant
Death by Rum Balls by Colleen Mooney
The Worst Noel by Amy M. Reade
The Case of the Curious Biscuit by Nell Goddin
Devil in a Black Suit by Colleen Helme
Frankincence, Gold and Murder by Kim Hunt Harris
A View to a Chill by Larissa Reinhart
Christmas Chocolate and Crimes by Cindy Bell
Home for the Holidays by Summer Prescott
Murder at the Holiday Bazaar by Kathryn Dionne

plus a bonus recipe book!
and, since all cosy mysteries have animals, ALL proceeds from the sale go to help animals in need! (That’s a “YES” from me every time)
Click here for The 12 Slays of Christmas and grab your 99p/99c copy (yep,12 books for less than a pound/dollar/euro! – a bargain indeed.)

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Next up, is a short story by my fellow Brit and good buddy, DM Wolfenden – an author with a talent for gritty, psychological drama. I one-click most anything Dianne releases because I just know it’s going to be fab-u-lous! (Although, I do draw a line at her horror stories – jeez, she freaks me out with those!)
Take a look at Carly:

“Her cousin, Lisa, disappeared. Her family murdered in front of her. Held in prison for her kidnapper’s murder, she has to find a way to save Lisa.”

Read the reviews here and make up your own mind.
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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How about another short story? I’m sure this one by my dear friend, Cathy McGough, will resonate with many of you.
Such a cool title – and this is the first in a new series, so grab it now and stay ahead of the game – Book 2 isn’t far away and you wouldn’t want to be left behind.

“Christina Langdon works at a Call Centre. For fun she hits the gym! When the CEO of Goddess Creator Fashions invites her to a modelling bootcamp, Christina is intrigued.
Join Christina on her Goddess journey. Who knows, you might even be inspired to start one of your own!”

As someone who has read – and loved – this story, let me give you an inside tip – save this until after Christmas when you’ll get so much more out of it!
Buy your copy from Amazon UK here, or Amazon US

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My final treat for you is from the lovely Iris Chacon. If you’re in need of some Winter sunshine, you should read Iris’s books; they all come with that “Sunshine State of mind” since Iris is from Florida, and truly is the most positive and sunny person ever.
Her latest book is Lou’s Tattoos, and is released today, December 1st – so another scoop 😉 If you fancy a fun-packed story, with real Floridian humour, then buckle up and read on:

“Tattooist Lourdes O’Malley idolises photog Galen Randall, but when he pursues her, her motorcycle gang fan/clients mistake Randall for a mob hitman trying to kill Lou. Galen Randall fears no elephant, python, rhino or lion through his camera lens, but he’s deathly afraid of airplanes. A random seat assignment pairs him with Lou O’Malley and puts him in the crosshairs of a clumsy, well-intentioned, ill-informed bevy of biker buffoons.”

You can find out more and pick up an early copy here.
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my Christmas plans and are tempted by some of these books.

Let me just wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and I’ll see you again in the New Year.

Stay safe, warm and smiling!

By the way, here’s the link if you fancy joining my mailing list for more of the same.

Newsletter/Mailing list

You’d be most welcome – and there’ll be no spam – ever!!!

As always, thanks for reading 🙂